Addicted to any kind of drugs?
Want to end your addiction?
You may have started using drugs out of curiosity, to have fun, through the influence of your friends or to get away from your problems, but now that you realize that the drugs are destroying your life, your health, your relationships, your self-esteem or even they are affecting your professional life.
The good news for you is that there is a solution, drug addictions can be ended. With the right help, it is possible to stop the drugs. But the very important step is to understand its mechanism.
In fact, it is important to be aware that there are different types of drugs but they all represent a kind of potential risk to your health.
What is drug addiction?
People with drug addiction have an uncontrollable need to consume and use drugs. They use them to alter their moods, to find pleasure, to forget all the problems in their life and (or) to gate away with the break-up vibes.
In fact, drug addiction is a chronic and recurrent disorder characterized by the dangerous substance abuse, regardless of the damage they cause to the body.
However, drug addiction is not a purely psychological disorder, but causes changes at the brain level, which are what lead the person to consume substances in a compulsive and uncontrolled way. These changes in brain circuits are mainly responsible for relapses and craving, an intense desire to consume.
Symptoms of drug addiction
The most common signs of drug addiction can be divided into 3 types:
- Red eyes
- Changes in appetite
- Sleeping problems
- Sudden changes in weight
- Changes in physical appearance
- Lower productivity
- Lack of commitment to obligations
- Suspicious attitudes
- Problems in personal or family relationships
- Personality changes
- Emotional highs and lows
- Too much agitation or hyperactivity
- Absence of motivation
Main Causes of the Drug Dependence
Why does someone become addicted and cannot stop using drugs even though he/she knows their harmful effects? Maybe you find answers to this question with some of these causes:
- Family history: When there is already a previous history of drug addictions in the family, the person can take two opposite paths: completely reject the drugs because they have become aware of the consequences they have had in their family, or follow the same path, either because he sees it as something “normal”, because he imitates, follows the example of his referents or because he is simply following the script written in his subconscious mind.
- Chaotic life: The lack of an orderly life, with well-defined routines and responsibilities, can lead to the adoption of a lifestyle in which lack of control prevails, favoring the use and abuse of substances.
- Traumatic experiences: Certain experiences can cause a trauma in the person that emotionally destabilizes them and that later will motivate them to use drugs.
- Mental disorders: It is known that people suffering from certain mental disorders, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and antisocial personality disorder, are more likely to use drugs.
- Lack of control or emotional immaturity: In many occasions the person becomes addicted to some type of drug almost without realizing it, since he starts consuming drugs in a playful way without calculating the long-term consequences of this type of behavior.
- Anxiety: People suffering from anxiety disorders can try to escape from these unpleasant sensations with depressants of the nervous system, such as cannabis.
- Depression: People suffering from depression sometimes resort desperately to substances that alleviate their discomfort and allow them to escape for a while from a reality that is difficult for them to accept and manage.
The structure of the brain changes with the consumption of substances since they interfere in the way neurons send, receive and process information. Drugs such as heroin and marijuana mimic some neurotransmitters and can activate certain groups of neurons.
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In this way, anomalous messages are conducted through the network. Other drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines, cause neurons to release excessive amounts of neurotransmitters, which ends up disrupting communication channels.